A group of dogs lie on grass: Dog owners in Feuquières face a $108 fine for any barking which "disturbs the rest or relaxation of people."


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Canine house owners in Feuquières face a $108 superb for any barking which “disturbs the remainder or leisure of individuals.”


The mayor of a city in northern France has issued a ban on extreme canine barking in a bid to curb canine noise air pollution.

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From Monday, canine house owners in Feuquières face a €68 ($A108) superb for “extended or repeated barking”.

Mayor Jean-Pierre Estienne says the ban is in response to canine “barking day and evening” and creating “an insufferable scenario” within the village.

The decree has been criticised by animal rights activists.

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“The purpose is to not ban canine and we cannot be fining individuals for the slightest trace of a yap,” Mr Estienne informed French newspaper Le Parisien (in French).

“The city has nothing towards canine however whenever you resolve to have them, you educate them.”

Handed by the native council earlier this month, the decree forbids canine from being left in enclosed areas with out house owners being close by to cease “extended or repeated barking”.

Yappy canine should even be stored inside if their behaviour “disturbs the remainder or leisure” of Feuquières’ 1,400 residents.

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Offenders (or extra particularly, their house owners) will obtain a superb for every grievance made towards them.

The decree follows a petition by villagers towards one specific resident.

“She has a number of canine, some giant,” stated Mr Estienne. “Now we have made a number of makes an attempt to ascertain a dialogue along with her, to no avail.”

“If I took this choice, it’s as a result of we discovered no different method out. I could not sit idly by,” he stated.

The transfer has been condemned as “utterly barking” by Stéphane Lamart, president of the Affiliation for the Defence of Animal Rights.

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“It’s possible you’ll as effectively cease church bells ringing on Sunday morning,” Mr Lamart informed Le Monde newspaper (in French).

“If canine have mouths, it is to allow them to bark.”

Mr Lamart stated he supposed to launch an attraction with the native courtroom. “I’ve by no means seen a canine bark from morning to night,” he stated.

This isn’t the primary time French authorities have tried to dampen doggy decibels.

In 2012, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande in southwest France handed a ban on any extreme canine barking that disturbed “public order”.

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